Lipscomb men’s soccer falls in ASUN opener against Bellarmine

Lipscomb men’s soccer falls in ASUN opener against Bellarmine

NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb men’s soccer team lost its conference opener to Bellarmine 1-0 on Saturday afternoon at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex. The Bisons were held scoreless for the first time this season despite registering eight shots and placing five of those on target. Costa Rica-born sophomore Alejandro Lopez led the team in the attack with his three shots, two of which were on frame. Lipscomb utilized the fewest players in a game all season long, as only two substitutes saw time for a total of thirteen players seeing action against the Knights. Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Michael Sibley was one of the starters to play all match long for the Bisons, and despite conceding a late goal, he finished with four saves and kept a clean sheet for the first 80 minutes of the match. Sibley was finally beaten at the 81-minute mark by Malaysian midfielder Haziq Zed, a sophomore hailing from Kuala Lumpur. Zed only appeared in 31 minutes for Bellarmine, and his goal was the only shot he produced. Fellow midfielder Micah Linscott provided the assist, adding two shots on goal to his attacking exploits. The Bellarmine back line remained virtually unchanged all match long, but in the midfield and the attack, Bellarmine utilized many more substitutions than the home side. It seemed to pay off with a late goal that gave the Knights their first Division I conference win. Their overall record improves to 1-2 after earlier losses to Xavier and Belmont. The Knights have not scored multiple goals in a match this season. Lipscomb drops its first decision all season, falling to 3-1-0 overall and...
Late goal from Wood seals Lipscomb win over ETSU

Late goal from Wood seals Lipscomb win over ETSU

NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb men’s soccer team earned an enthralling 2-1 win over the East Tennessee State Buccaneers on Saturday afternoon. The afternoon was a chilly one, as flutters of snow fell at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex as a backdrop to a fiery matchup. The ETSU Bucs traveled from Johnson City with only victory in mind, but Ryan Dougherty quickly set the visitors back a peg. The junior midfielder from Pennsylvania put away a free kick after just six minutes to give Lipscomb their third game-opening goal in their first three matches. Dougherty’s unassisted goal was his first of the season. ETSU responded well, but a stout defensive line from Lipscomb kept the Bucs out of the net until 30 minutes in, when senior defender Austin Bilhmeyer set up senior forward Jared Leheta for the equalizer. The Montreal man put ETSU back on level terms, a scoreline that would hold for the rest of the half. It was a clean first half, but the yellow cards came out in droves from the onset of the second half. Within just 18 seconds, South African junior midfielder Luto Tom received the game’s first disciplinary action, the first of four yellow cards over the course of the game for the Bucs. Meanwhile, Lipscomb accrued three yellows via sophomore defensive midfielder Thomas Priest, sophomore attacking midfielder Alejandro Lopez, and freshman forward Javanne Smith, last week’s recipient of two National Player of the Week honors. Outside of fouls, it was a less eventful second half of play, with one exception being a long-range effort from Lopez. The Costa Rican nearly gave Lipscomb a second...
Lipscomb Men’s Soccer shuts out UAH to open their season 2-0

Lipscomb Men’s Soccer shuts out UAH to open their season 2-0

NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb men’s soccer team won 3-0 at home against the University of Alabama in Huntsville Chargers Tuesday evening. After a 3-1 win over Evansville to start their 2021 campaign, the Bisons kept the offense coming against UAH, a Division II squad from the Gulf South Conference who will not count the game as an official part of their season record. Despite Lipscomb’s higher division status, the Bisons came into the contest winless in the all-time series between the schools. The Chargers were 3-0 against the Bisons before tonight, winning the last contest versus Lipscomb all the way back in 2003. An early goal helped the Bisons shake off their previous struggles against the Chargers. In the 8th minute, sophomore forward Alejandro Lopez took a cross from ASUN Preseason Defender of the Year junior Noah Gulden into the box. Lopez shimmied his way into a shooting position and sent it towards the far post, where first-time starter freshman forward Austin Marfell found himself with a tap-in for his first goal as a Bison. Marfell featured in last weekend’s opener with 30 minutes of playing time, but on a night that delivered him a first start and a first goal for the Purple and Gold, he will likely see this one as his favorite of the two this season. His early goal would prove to be the only one of the half, as UAH played a tight half defensively despite having few chances in the attack. Lipscomb successfully manhandled the midfield in a similar fashion to Saturday’s win over Evansville, in large part due to the presence of...
Men’s soccer team secures victory in first game of the season

Men’s soccer team secures victory in first game of the season

 The Lipscomb men’s soccer team started their 2021 season off right with a 3-1 home victory over the Evansville Purple Aces on Saturday.  In a complete team performance, the Bisons produced three goals and only conceded one from a late penalty kick.  In the attack, freshman forward Javanne Smith scored a brace and added an assist, having a hand in all three of Lipscomb’s goals on the night. The Nottingham, UK native is starting life as a Bison in excellent form after scoring two goals in the space of five minutes. Smith’s goals came in the 65th and 70th minutes, putting the game to bed midway through the second half after Tyrece Spicer opened the scoring in the 22nd minute.  Spicer, also a freshman, added a goal on his only shot attempt of the match. After scoring early on in Lipscomb’s exhibition match against UAB, the Trinidad and Tobago international student is making a name for himself with his goal-scoring abilities.  Signal Mountain-born Thomas Priest anchored the midfield, lasting all 90 minutes in primarily a defensive midfield role. The redshirt sophomore was the only midfielder to play the entire match.  Center-back Honore Kalala led a stalwart defensive unit for the Bisons. Including the two exhibition matches, the Danish defender is the only player to have played every minute of every match this year.  To his left, Louis Robinson enjoyed plenty of success in his new role at left-back. His electricity down the wing provided plenty of chances, while his defensive intensity stopped multiple attacking chances at the other end. True freshman Will Turner also impressed on the backline, working...
Lipscomb men’s soccer ready for their return to the pitch on Saturday

Lipscomb men’s soccer ready for their return to the pitch on Saturday

It’s been a long time coming, but the Lipscomb men’s soccer team can finally look forward to a full season of soccer. In all likelihood, it will be a season well worth the wait, as head coach Charles Morrow is optimistic about the Bisons’ squad this year. He says he’s especially excited about the mix of veteran leaders and youthful exuberance within the team. “We’re younger upfront [than last year] and more veteran in defense. If you had to choose, that would probably be the way to go.” One of the reasons the Bisons are so experienced on the backline is Nottingham, England native Louis Robinson’s positional move. After playing mainly forward last year, he and his attacking prowess are moving to the left-back position. With attack-minded fullback Noah Gulden occupying the right-back position, there’s a lot of expectation being placed on the outside defenders to create attacking chances for the Bisons. Alongside those two junior fullbacks are returning starter Honore Kalala and junior Scott Gulden, occupying the starting center back slots. It’s a quality back four that knows what they’re capable of, so expect some clean sheets for the Bisons this year. Meanwhile, as Coach Morrow alluded to, there are plenty of new faces in the attacking ranks. Javanne Smith is a freshman who joins Lipscomb from Chesterfield FC, a club in the 5th tier of the English soccer system. “Javanne is a forward for us that we expect to have a big year as a freshman,” Coach Morrow said when asked about freshmen to expect big things from. Another freshman forward in the mix is Tyrece Spicer,...